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Arenesulfonic Acid-Functionalized Bentonite as Catalyst in Glycerol Esterification with Acetic Acid

Department of Chemistry, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Iran
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Catalysts 2017, 7(7), 211;
Received: 13 May 2017 / Revised: 28 June 2017 / Accepted: 3 July 2017 / Published: 14 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Glycerol Conversion by Heterogeneous Catalysis)
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The present study is focused on the synthesis of arenesulfonic acid-functionalized bentonite as a catalyst to produce monoacetin, diacetin, and triacetin from glycerol and acetic acid using toluene as solvent and a water removing agent. The best conditions for the present reaction with acetic acid were an acetic acid:glycerol:toluene molar ratio of 7:1:1.4, 100 °C, and 0.074 wt % of catalyst (based on the total weight of glycerol). Under the reaction conditions, 96% glycerol conversion was achieved within 0.5 h from the start of the reaction. The maximum selectivity of 66% and 74% were achieved for diacetin and triacetin after 0.5 and 3 h of reaction, respectively, without formation of any byproduct. The arenesulfonic acid-functionalized bentonite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, N2 adsorption/desorption experiments (Brunauer, Emmett and Teller, BET, method), field emission scanning electron microscopy, and the surface acidity was determined by back titration. Without significant treatment, the catalyst was reusable for 5 consecutive runs. View Full-Text
Keywords: functionalized bentonite; esterification; acetins; glycerol; glycerol conversion functionalized bentonite; esterification; acetins; glycerol; glycerol conversion

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Tangestanifard, M.; Ghaziaskar, H.S. Arenesulfonic Acid-Functionalized Bentonite as Catalyst in Glycerol Esterification with Acetic Acid. Catalysts 2017, 7, 211.

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